On Friday, January 20, 1961, Marilyn arrived in El Paso, Texas with her lawyer, Aaron Frosch, and publicist, Pat Newcomb, and they crossed the frontier to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (also a US-Mexican border town), where Marilyn’s divorce from Arthur Miller was then finalised.
In order to avoid publicity, Marilyn timed her trip to coincide with President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, which she watched on television during a stopover at Love Field Airport, Dallas.
Before leaving Mexico, Marilyn is said to have visited the famous Kentucky Club in Juarez, where she bought a round of drinks for the bar’s patrons.
Unfortunately, in recent years Juarez has been plagued by drug cartel violence, and the Kentucky Club, first established during the Prohibition era, is now facing closure.
Spotted by MM fan Colby George at a US branch of Target, this wall print features a lovely, candid shot from Marilyn’s 1954 visit to Korea, where she entertained American troops – later describing her trip as ‘the happiest time of my life’.
Would you like to know something amazing? On two occasions, I was lucky enough to go through the two “missing file cabinets” full of Marilyn Monroe documents and property. These were the cabinets from the Vanity Fair article. I saw an original of this shot in one of the cabinets. Marilyn Monroe herself owned this actual photo of her. It was likely given to her when she was there in Korea and she saved it, or perhaps it was sent to her by the GI that took the picture. On the back in Marilyn’s own handwriting a passage written, “This one is my favorite.”